Polish-American, born in Warsaw, Poland, lives and works in New York City.
For two decades, Monika Weiss has made art that allows us to reflect on the relationship between body, history and memory. Weiss' artistic practice includes creating film projections, sound compositions, performance-based installations in public spaces, objects, self-shot photographs, and accompanying large-scale drawings shown in museums and galleries internationally. Employing her own body as a vehicle of expression the artist often invites others to participate in her films and performances. The artist was originally trained as a classical musician, and continues to compose music for her work.
Monika Weiss’ solo museum exhibitions include the 2005 retrospective at the Lehman College Art Gallery (CUNY) Five Rivers, reviewed in The New York Times, as well as Sustenazo, commissioned by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (2010), and later shown at the Museum of Memory & Human Rights, Santiago, Chile (2012-2013) and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami (2014). In 2004 Remy Toledo Gallery, New York, in cooperation with Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, organized a two-person exhibition of Carolee Schneemann and Monika Weiss. The artist's works have been also shown alongside artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar and Shirin Neshat, to name a few.
Weiss' work has been featured at Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens, Greece (international video art survey Fireflies in the Night Take Wing, curated by Barbara London, Kalliopi Minioudaki and Francesca Pietropaolo, directed by Robert Storr, 2016), Eyebeam, New York (Enunciation with Alan Sondheim, 2012), Streaming Museum, New York (John Cage Centennial Tribute, 2012), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation CIFO, Miami (Forms of Classification: Alternative Knowledge and Contemporary Art, 2007; The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, 2009), and she was part of Prague’s Muzeum Montanelli (MuMo)’s inaugural show in 2010 which was opened by Vaclav Havel. Some other notable exhibitions include Moment by Moment: Meditations of the Hand at North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (2006); On the Absence of Campsat Kunsthaus Dresden (2006); POZA: On the Polishness of Polish Contemporary Art at Real Art Ways, Hartford (2008); and Frauen bei Olympia at Frauenmuseum (Museum of Women in the Arts), Bonn (2009).